Increased Risk of Tooth Loss with Diabetes

Increased Risk of Tooth Loss with DiabetesTooth loss is a serious issue that can increase your risk of dental problems and systemic conditions. It becomes more common after 60 and can interfere with the ability to eat and may cause you to feel self-conscious or embarrassed about your appearance. While most tooth loss in adults is associated with periodontal disease, a recent study indicated that diabetes can also increase your risk.

The study focused on information from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. More than 2,500 individuals over the age of 50 were evaluated. More than a fourth of people with diabetes had lost all of their teeth compared to just 14 percent of people without diabetes. Low-income individuals and those with lower educational attainment were at the highest risk. Smoking was also strongly correlated with tooth loss.

Tooth loss often has a domino effect on your smile, and when one tooth is lost, you are more likely to lose more teeth. Diabetes can interfere with the healing process, and people with diabetes may be more susceptible to dry mouth and other oral health problems.

Good dental hygiene and regular dental checkups can help you save your smile. If you have diabetes, you may need to visit us more frequently to reduce your risk. You may also need to use saliva replacement products and monitor your blood sugar levels more closely to minimize the risks. Contact our office today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with our dentist in Northridge.

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